ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 9, 2012

Kallis to play World Twenty20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacques Kallis is set to make a Twenty20 international comeback, having been selected in the South Africa squad that will travel to Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20 in September. Kallis was last a regular member of the side in mid-2010, during South Africa's tour of the West Indies.

AB de Villiers will lead the squad. Graeme Smith, who was picked in the 30 probables, has not made the final 15. Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, who were rested for the triangular Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in June, return for the marquee tournament.

Marchant de Lange, the 21-year-old quick, has not made the squad due to injury. He had sustained a lower back injury during the Twenty20 triangular series, missing the ongoing Test series in England as a result.

"We have had basically the same squad together for the past year and many of them also produced stand-out performances at the Indian Premier League," Cricket South Africa's selection convener, Andrew Hudson, said. "[They] will have excellent preparation for the World Twenty20 by finishing the England tour with three [Twenty20] matches there. They may be playing on a different surface to that they will find in Sri Lanka, but they will be able to hone their Twenty20-specific skills."

Kallis was part of the IPL-winning Kolkata Knight Riders this year, scoring 409 runs in 17 games. He provided the team with solidity at the top of the order all through their successful campaign, and produced a vital 69 off 49 in the final, to help Knight Riders chase down 191 against Chennai Super Kings. He also put in a solid showing with the ball, aggregating 15 wickets in the tournament, to finish second on Knight Riders' bowling charts.

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  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    if kallis plays with a good strike rate than i think he is a golden player for south africa & should open but if he does not mantain a good strike rate he is good at no 4.5and 6 as a bowling allrounder and as a bowler he is one of the best.Best of luck kallis! proov that ur a perfect allrounder!

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    A great sportsman, a shame about his injuries in England

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    SA should focus on winning the ODI world cup which they have never done all because of a history of choking. They are always favourites to win but never succeed in doing so. A world class batting lineup of Smith, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, Duminy, then a bowling lineup of Steyn, Tsotsobe, Morkel.....all never being able to deliver. Playing Kallis sounds like a backwards step, the quality of players in the IPL are not as good as those in T20I. Kallis would be 40 by the time the next world cup comes along. It's now time to find his replacement.

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Lets hope they don't choke this time....they are the most deserving team for an international cup!!

  • aditya on August 10, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    SA seems to have a complete and best team for this world cup.....all the best to them and have no hassitation to say the deserve this cup more then any other.....

  • Harjinder on August 10, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    I m agree with deeakrio Ravikannan and Rehan Alam......Sa always fail to build a good team....they have Always best players but ....not good selection ( Justin ontong ) is a example ....his ten years career never deserve .......anyway good luck SA....1

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Surprising Amla in & Smith out??

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    chokers team what ever they do they will lose ...

  • Paul on August 10, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Great call up CSA - finally found some mental stability have we ? Good call to leave Smith out, he has not performed in the shorter formats of the game recently. Kallis is a rock. Well done. Great side this

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    To those saying, "it's not a good squad, they're not going to do well, they're going to choke again"

    How is it choking if you're saying they're not going to do well before it even starts?

    Choking is when everyone expects them to do well, they do do well, then fail at the final hurdle, not when you're expecting them to fail from the very beginning. At least get it right when you call them chokers.

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